Treasure Island

Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Harlem [Dream Deferred]


What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Edited: Friday, April 01, 2011

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  • Simone Callender-lindo (8/22/2012 8:19:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem. I love it so much. Maybe because it reflects pieces of my life that i hope to correct. Langston Hughes is also my favorite poet, his works are very deep in meaning and well put together. (Report) Reply

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